SYRACUSE, New York, January 5, 2004 -- In response to the growing need for libraries to control access to their wireless networks, GIS Information Systems, Inc. is introducing Wireless Access Manager. Wireless Access Manager (WAM) is a complete hardware and software package that GIS configures for libraries to install on a PC. The WAM software interfaces the hardware to GIS Polaris integrated library system and also can support any integrated library system that supports SIP2.
With Wireless Access Manager, libraries can provide their patrons with access to their wireless network without overloading their system. Library patrons with laptops or handhelds equipped with wireless cards can access the library's wireless network by using their library cards for authentication. Designed to help libraries enhance service to their registered borrowers, WAM also includes the flexibility to accommodate business travelers and other occasional users through the creation of a guest account.
To help ease the burden on library computers during busy times, WAM allows library staff to specify web sites that donít require authentication. Library users can search the library catalog and other library-specified web sites right from their own equipment, freeing up library equipment for other patrons. With a built-in Security Firewall, WAM also prevents unwanted Internet intruders from accessing the library's network. For statistical purposes, WAM generates reports so libraries can monitor the number of patrons using their network.
"Polaris customers and other libraries have told us about their challenges in turning their libraries into wireless hot spots," said GIS President William Schickling. "We developed WAM to help libraries enhance their services to their community while still retaining control. With WAM, libraries stay at the forefront of technology without sacrificing service to their patrons"